Of the Heart- $80

This is a mixed media workshop, making a special book to gift, a love letter from the heart and soul and will touch on many different techniques. It is also going to be a treasured keepsake with lots of writing prompts, poetry, and lots and lots of ideas about what to include.

Here is some of the feedback I've received from some of the participants:

Every lesson has been a beautiful source of inspiration. Just loving this! It is just so crazy gorgeous. I can’t wait to do mine!
— Jane
This is the very best online class I have ever taken, She keeps it moving and the video’s are awesome for newbies like me. I read all the info on this class and I’ve gotten some great idea that I’m working on for a cloth/pieced page. Galia I can not thank you enough for the quality of this class and for holding me while I leapt.
— Sheila

My daughter is 10, and with a teenage son I feel them pulling away from me and moving into new phases in their lives. My daughter will soon get her moon time and I want to celebrate this auspicious occasion and welcome her into the beginning of her womanhood journey. As part of this I am putting together a Red Box with gifts and wisdom from her female tribe and I’ve decided to make her a very special and unique book, an heirloom, a keepsake, a treasure and a treasury of love from me. And so this course and this project was birthed.

Each week there will be both videos and written instructions and prompts covering many different mixed media projects and pages. We will touch on a bit of book binding (and some alternatives), photo treatments (including a couple of downloadable textures, actions and images to use), image transfer, gold leafing, some painting, background techniques, antiquing, collaging, use of paper, fabrics, plaster, photos to name a few. We will be gathering, digging deep, reflecting, and getting our hands dirty in the wonderful act of creating when our hands and hearts are aligned. There will also be a facebook group where we can discuss what we are doing, share and inspire each other.

A rough overview of the weeks, although we will be weaving in and out of these topics throughout.
Week 1: The pages- making the pages, materials.
Week 2: Photos & Text
Week 3: Tribe
Week 4: Break week (Bonus Menarche week)
Week 5: Letters
Week 6: Themes, feathers, maps
Week 7: Assembling your book (binding), covers, what’s next ...

The whole reason that this project came into being was that I have been putting a Red Box together for my daughter, collecting words of wisdom and gifts from the women in her life and wondering what precious gift I might put in the box. And then it hit me, I would make her a special book, filled with love and beauty and wisdom. The idea grew and grew with all the delicious things to include and at some point the need to share with the world became apparent. I believe that our daughters need to be empowered around their bodies, they need their female support tribe around them, they need to learn from the wisdom we have gleaned, that is often notspoken, that is often taboo, that they need to know that there is no such thing as "normal" and that stepping into this phase of life should be celebrated with the lost art of ritual and initiation. I see this as an opportunity to connect her to her roots and her female ancestry and to guide her to step forward confidently and bravely into her life. I want her to be her own heroine.

I want to create something beautiful for my girls when it’s their time. I am so excited for your course because I can start now (as in while they are still quite young) and create a journey around this, collecting bits here and there and will have something beautiful for them when it’s time. It will be such a different experience than I had walking into my own womanhood. I am literally teary thinking about it. Thank you for such an offering. With two girls I am a definite IN. I want to give them something they will cherish forever.
— Stacy de la Rosa
 
 

Who can sign up for this course?
Anyone who feels inspired or called to whether you are a complete novice at mixed media, an experienced artist, a journaller or scrapbooker or just a person who loves someone and wants to express that deeply.

I’ve never done any art or anything like this before, can I still sign up?
Perfect, what a wonderful way to start.
 

What if I don’t have a daughter?

Most of the projects in this class will be able to be adapted to any situation that you feel called to honour with a treasure book. I know women with sons will be signing up, as well as some with grown daughters. I'm hoping each of you  will be inspired to adapt this process to your own needs and make a personal keepsake. The facebook group will also be invaluable in this regards in terms of inspiring each other and giving each other ideas on how to make your book truely and uniquely your own. Essentially it is a book of love “of the heart”, it would even be perfect to make one just for yourself ;)

There will be plenty of techniques and resources that you can use in other projects if you didn’t want to make a book.

(Other ideas are, rite of passage for your son, gift when a child has their own child, a baby or childhood keepsake, engagement/wedding gift - you get the idea, so many opportunities to celebrate).

My daughter is only very young?
Perfect, you can start putting together your book now and have years to add special things to it as you have time, as you find or feel them, as she grows. Or you could adapt the course to make a baby/childhood keepsake.

I’ve never done any art or anything like this before, can I still sign up?
Perfect, what a wonderful way to start.

I’m not on Facebook, can I still do the class?
You don’t need to be on facebook to do the class, you can just work from the classroom if you like. I resisted signing up for facebook for a long time and I am so glad that I finally did- the benefits of being in community with so many like minded people who are willing to share far out weighs any reservations I had. If you are on facebook and you join the group, we will all benefit from the shared experiences, lessons and inspirations, including me (I can’t wait to be inspired by you all). It is totally your choice how you want to do this workshop.

Can I share the class with others?
I am pouring as much of this process and my heart into this project and class and I would really appreciate it if you didn’t share it with anyone who hasn’t signed up for it. It is both good Karma and good manners :)

Can I share what I do in the course?
Absolutely, of course, I would love a mention and a link back and there is a button you can pop up on your blog if you would like (I would be so grateful).

Can I sell what I make in the class?
This is up to you. I'm hoping you will make a special gift from you heart to give, but there will be many mixed media techniques and inspirations that I'm sure you will use in your other projects as well.

How long will the class be ?

This class has already run as a live class (it was 7 weeks) and is now available as a self-paced course with access to all of the lessons and videos once you have signed up. There is an element of ongoing to this project depending on how you decide to approach it.

How long will I have access to the class?
You will have access to the classroom for a minimum of a year so that you have plenty of time to work on your keepsake (no stress). I may leave it up longer.